spreading BringChange2Mind.org

“The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by the year 2020 mental illness will be the second leading cause of death and disability. Every society will have to confront the issue. The question is, will we face it with open honesty or silence?”

Above is a quote from Glenn Close’s column in the Huffington Post: Mental Illness: The Stigma of Silence.

Glenn Close is one of the founding members of BringChange2Mind.org, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to: provide people with misconceptions about mental illness quick and easy access to information that combats stigma, and provide people with mental illness, and those who know them, quick and easy access to information and support. Co-creators include, the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization). The campaign has the support of major mental health organizations, including Active Minds, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), the Jed Foundation, Mental Health America (MHA), National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), NARSAD, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Their web site, bringchange2mind.org, isn’t just a web page with random facts about mental illness; there are video clips where people share their stories about their lives. You can also share your story by uploading your own video. The one neat aspect of the website is that they tell the reader how to get involved. Some suggest writing to an organization, but it’s as simple as watching our language.

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